Category Archives: Fitness

BosGuy’s latest obsession: fitbit

health and fitness wearableIndustry reports suggest that 10 million units(valued at $3 billion) of wearable technology like my fitbit will be sold in 2014.

I’ve had my fitbit for about six or seven weeks, and I can understand the appeal of these devices.  I really like how it helps me track how active (or inactive) I’ve been during the day.  I’m not certain how accurately it predicts my steps, but I use it as a baseline nonetheless and like how it tracks my runs along the Charles River. I don’t know that I’m fully realizing the potential of the device and would love to talk to someone who has a fitbit.

Do you have a wearable device like a fitbit or Jawbone?  Do you like it?  I wonder if I’ll still like the device as much when winter returns and getting outside is neither pleasant nor practical, but I’m hooked for now.  Below is a screen shot from my iPhone. FitBit Screen

Out-Fit Challenge Boston: Dirty never looked so good

Out-Fit Challenge Boston LGBTOut-Fit Challenge is the first ever national LGBT Mud Run.  After launching successful events in Chicago, Miami and New York City in 2013, Boston joins New York City, San Francisco and Reno as part of the 2014 Out-Fit Challenge.

Boston’s Out-Fit Challenge will take place at the Amesbury Sport Park on Saturday, October 11th.  This event will sell out so be sure to mark your calendar, start your training and register today.

Out Fit ChallengeAfter you finish the 5K (15+ obstacle) course, you’ll want to hang around for the after-party, which includes DJs, free beer, body contests, drag queens and mud covered go-go boys.

Boston Out-Fit Challenge | October 11 | Info & Registration

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Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

realm fitness tips, kyleSummer is a time for us to give our ovens a break and to fire up the barbeque. Here are some tips for making some delicious (and nutritious) summer barbeque sides, main courses, and desserts.

Sides:

Realm Health and Fitness Tips from KyleDON’T: Serve potato chips, corn chips, french fries, macaroni salad, or any other greasy and fried food products. These are high in calories, have minimal protein and nutrients, and will likely leave you feeling bloated after you eat them.

DO: Take advantage of in-season produce and go to your local farmers market and pick up some of your favorite veggies for grilling.  Season them with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and some grated Parmesan for an unforgettable side. Throw some fennel, turnip greens, chopped apples, and dried berries in a bowl with a splash of balsamic for a refreshing salad.

Main course:

Realm Health and Fitness Tips from KyleDON’T: Serve low quality or processed meat, high carb pastas, or provide buns and bread for fillers.

DO: Serve high quality red meat, chicken, ground turkey or fish. Red meat is often demonized but is high in protein and gives your body the good fats you need, it can also improve your vitamin D uptake, and is packed with B vitamins, and iron.

 

 

Deserts:

Realm Health and Fitness Tips from KyleDON’T: Serve cake, cup cakes, and pies.

DO: Get creative and natural with your desserts, try to avoid refined sugars and stay away from flour.

Make the most of the season’s fresh fruits and make a fruit tart, dark chocolate covered strawberries, or some vanilla bean ice cream mixed with berries.

 

 

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Free fitness options check out Boston’s Emerald Necklace

Emerald Necklace bike and running pathsInspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write a week long series about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city.

Since today’s suggestion is intended as an activity for tomorrow (Saturday), I’m going to suggest an option that can be done at your leisure – when it is most convenient for you.  Tomorrow consider taking a bike ride, walk or run along Boston’s beautiful emerald necklace; a string of six parks that includes: Back Bay Fens, The Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park.

Depending on where you live you can pick the most convenient portion of this string of parks to run, walk or bike.  You may download a map of the Emerald Necklace, here.

Bootcamp Friday mornings in Christopher Columbus Park

Christopher Columbus ParkInspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write a week long series about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city. Thus far, I’ve talked about a variety of workout options around the city.  But I’ve yet to talk about the many options in Boston’s North End.

For example, did you know that every Friday there is a free Boot Camp in Christopher Columbus Park? The class runs from 6:30 – 7:30 AM so set your alarm clock a bit earlier than usual and head over to the park. You can read more about free work out classes hosted this summer at Boston parks here.

Free yoga classes each Thursday at Frog Pond

Yoga ClassesInspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write a week long series about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city. Thus far, I’ve talked about a variety of workout opportunities in Allston, the Financial District and along the Esplanade. If those locations are not convenient for you – perhaps you’d find this weekly class (every Thursday) at Frog Pond in Cambridge more to your liking. Every Thursday from 6:00 – 7:15 PM free yoga classes are hosted.

More classes are offered each day if this is a convenient location in Boston for you.  To check out the full calendar of activities peruse The Boston Parks Fitness Series here.

Free work out suggestion along the Esplanade

Charles River Jogging PathInspired by an article last week in The Boston Globe that shared some of the many great outdoor fitness classes offered around Boston, I thought I’d include a week worth of suggested free fitness classes you might want to try.  If the November Project morning workout on Monday wasn’t of interest or if you weren’t able to get to the Tuesday morning or evening classes in Post Office Square, perhaps you need an option that you can choose at a time that is convenient for you.

Consider throwing on a pair of walking / running shoes to go for a walk or run – or perhaps even a bike ride along Boston’s Esplanade. First established in the early 1900s, this popular park now includes bike / running paths along the Charles River for you to enjoy.

Years ago a popular Charles River bridge map was created to let individuals map out their workouts; a full loop from the Museum of Science to Mount Auburn Street is just over 17 miles.  So grab your running / walking shoes or a bike and head out tomorrow to take advantage of the beautiful park while the weather is so nice.